Are You a False Convert?
“On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’” Matthew 7:22
Probably the most frightening reality within evangelicalism is the fact that many people believe they are saved when they are not. R.C. Sproul once said, "It is the possession of faith, not the profession of faith, that transfers us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light."
It is easy to make a profession of faith. It’s easy to walk down the aisle during an altar call or to pray a special prayer at church camp. Sadly, it’s even easier to say you’ve put your trust in Christ, only to continue living the same life you were living before. The way to God is simple, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31). The only evidence one has this saving faith is a transformed life.
Do you have to love Jesus perfectly to be sure you are saved? No. We simply cannot love Him perfectly while we are on this earth. But, sister, if you love Him at all, this love was kindled by the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit. Once the radical truth of the Gospel penetrates your heart, your life cannot help but be forever altered.
When I say your life is changed, I don’t mean you suddenly stop having hardships. God never promises a happy, stress-free life. A true child of God will grow in holiness, seek to love the things God loves, and will seek to put fleshly desires to death. A true child of God will not be sinless, but they will abhor the sin in their hearts and continually seek to honor God with their lives and not just their lips. Their lives will look different than before. And all of this will be motivated by gratitude for the finished work of Christ on their behalf.
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son to pay the ultimate price for my sin. I am incapable of saving myself. Even my most righteous works are like filthy rags before You, because You are holy and perfect. But that is why I need Jesus to be my Lord and Savior. I praise You that You take us as we are but You do not leave us as we are. Please grant me assurance that Your Spirit has done a work in my heart. Help me to be one who honors You with my life and not just my lips (Matthew 15:8). Help me to faithfully share the Gospel to those who do not know You, even if they think they do. Open the eyes of their hearts and show them Your truth. Amen.
Memorize 2 Peter 1:10.
Chelsey Meissner is obsessed with seeing and savoring Jesus. She is a lover of books, coffee, cats, running, and all things vintage. Chelsey is excited to travel the the world with her husband, Eric, who is a Marine Officer.